That + clause

That + clause

Created:23 Nov 2017 21:29:40


That + clause pattern is used to complement a sentence with extra information.

Word "that" functions as conjunction in the pattern and usually follows one of:

  • a mental state or reporting verb,

  • a reporting noun,

  • a personal feeling or opinion adjective.

Common mental state verbs are: hope, believe, hear, disagree etc.

I hope that you won't mind having a grapefruit instead of your usual orange for breakfast this morning.

Common reporting verbs are: say, tell, mention, insist, confirm etc.

The vet told that there was a good chance our cat would recover withing a few weeks.

Common reporting nouns are: answer, claim, response, threat etc.

The manager's claim that a pay raise could not be justifed was not evidence-based.

Common personal feelings or opinion adjectives are: depressed, confident, merry, realistic etc.

Henry was confident that he would take the pole position.

Example sentences

Here are a few more of sentences which employ that + clause pattern.

I am afraid that I will be late for the dental appointment today.

Tom strongly believes that what goes around comes around.

Your criticism that our efforts had been unconvincing hurt us badly.

This post was updated on 25 Nov 2017 22:11:22

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